Felix Müller

Felix Müller
  • Researcher (CAS)
  • Curriculum Vitae



    BA African Studies with Political Science and German Studies at the University of Leipzig (with studies abroad at the University of Copenhagen)


    Internship at the Church Development Service (EED) in Bonn

    04/2010– 09/2010

    Student assistant at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig within the project “European and African Spatial Knowledge – Cartography of Africa, 1850-1914”

    10/2010– 09/2012

    MA Global Studies, containing a one-year MSc in Global History at the LSE and further studies at Dalhousie University (Halifax) and the University of Vienna

    11/2012– 03/2013

    Internship at Weltfriedensdienst e.V. in Berlin

    since 05/2013

    Research assistant at the Centre for Area Studies (CAS) in Leipzig within the project “Changing stateness in Africa”, conducted under the Special Priority Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) “Adaptation and Creativity in Africa – Significations and Technologies in the Production of Order and Disorder”

    since 10/2013

    PhD candidate at the Graduate School Global and Area Studies, Research Academy Leipzig



    2015. “Model Transfer in the Making: Changing Development Strategies of, and Expectations towards, the State in Ethiopia and Ghana”. SPP 1448 Working Paper Series No. 15.

    2015. “Ethiopian and Ghanaian Thoughts on Asia’s Rise: Development Strategies in Question”. In African Thoughts on Colonial and Neo-Colonial Worlds: Facets of an Intellectual History of Africa, ed. Arno Sonderegger, 151-170. Berlin: Neofelis.


    Contributions to conferences, summer schools and workshops


    Speaker on Ethiopian history and contemporary issues at Erich Kästner Literatur Café (Dresden, Germany), at a reading of Maaza Mengiste’s Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, organized by the university group of Amnesty International Dresden


    Presentation on Gendering Stateness in Africa (with Julia Oheim) at the workshop “Gender Dimensions in the SPP 1448”, hosted by the Centre for Area Studies (Leipzig University) within the framework of the DFG Priority Programme 1448 “Adaptation & Creativity in Africa”


    Presentation of a paper entitled The impact of Asia’s rise on Ghanaian & Ethiopian policies and expectations: towards a new developmental paradigm? at the 5th Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) “Globalization East”, hosted by the World History Center of the University of Pittsburgh, USA


    Presentation of a paper entitled What comes after socialism? Experiences from Ethiopia and Ghana at the Summer School of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies “The Socialist Camp and the Third World”, Research Academy Leipzig


    Presentation on Federalism in Ethiopia: Motivations, Effects, and the Role of Adaptation at the Second Biennial Conference of the DFG Priority Programme 1448 “Adaptation & Creativity in Africa” in Saly, Senegal


    Presentation of a paper on Ghanaian and Ethiopian Thoughts on Asia’s Rise: Steps towards a new Developmental Paradigm? at the International Conference “African Thoughts on (Neo-) Colonial Worlds: Steps towards an Intellectual History of Africa” at the Department of African Studies, University of Vienna, Austria


    Presentation on (De-)Legitimization Strategies: The Socialist Past in Contemporary Ethiopia at the Summer School of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies “Repositioning in a Globalizing World”, Research Academy Leipzig


    Presentation on Renegotiating the State: Ghanaian and Ethiopian Officials’ and Intellectuals’ Encounters with Asia at the 6th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), Paris



    Tutorials on “scientific methods” and “International Studies” at the Institute for Peace & Security Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia


    Session on “governance” in the master’s seminar “The State in Africa”, Institute for African Studies, Leipzig University

    Winter semester 2015/2016

    Master’s seminar “Travelling Paradigms: Reflecting and Enacting Development in Sub-Saharan Africa with a Special Emphasis on Ghana and Ethiopia” (with Dr. Ute Rietdorf), Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna